But it happened at a book signing and speaking engagement at the Saban Theatre. Rove was speaking to an audience of about 100 people when he was approached by a member of the anti-war group Code Pink.
According to LA Weekly, the stage was cleared and Rove left the engagement after he was approached by Jodie Evans, a co-founder of Code Pink. The Weekly reported:
She went at him with a pair of handcuffs, saying, "Look what you did -- you outed a CIA officer." She was referring to Valerie Plame. "You lied to take us to war. You ruined a country."
Protesters called Rove a war criminal and several other things, then attempted a citizen's arrest. Rove's response to the protesters started with the phrase, "With all due respect," so you know something good is coming next.
"With all due respect, this goes to show the totalitarianism of the left. They don't believe in dialogue, they don't believe in the 1st Amendment," he told the crowd, according to the LA Times.
The Left also does not believe in book signings. Several people who paid about $40 to attend had to leave the event without getting Rove's signature on their copy of "Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight."
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Several people said they just wanted to hear Rove talk.
Rove isn't the only out-of-towner who encountered what could have been a night of kinky fun in LA this week. The RNC opened an investigation into a $2,000 expense report from West Hollywood's Club Voyeur, an establishment described as a "bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex."
The subject came up during Rove's stop at The Tonight Show before the book signing. Host Jay Leno asked Rove about LA's club scene.
"Somebody ought to lose their credit card, their RNC credit card," said Rove. "Find that pervert, and get his card."